Studies show that less than half of Czech children are happy with their appearance

Approximately 10,000 Czech children and adolescents between the ages of 10 and 17 participate in this study entitled “Online World Children and Beauty Cult” in collaboration with O2 Czech Republic researchers from the Faculty of Education of the University of Oromouts. Did. This study explored various topics related to children’s use of social media and how the online world affects children’s self-image. Kamil Kopekki is one of the authors.

“For example, I was interested in the types of photos and videos that kids share online and whether they would edit them in any way before sharing them. Looking at the results, 10% of kids use filters on their faces. Remove wounds. For example, other children use makeup filters, and smaller groups of children may even strengthen their bodies with pictures. “

But this study isn’t just about content shared by children. We also looked at how children felt about their appearance and found that 50% were happy with their facial appearance and less than 46% were happy with their body. Did. A little over one-third wants to be thinner and another 30% wants to gain muscle mass.

How children feel about their appearance includes unrealistic images and videos from social media, as well as offensive comments and remarks about someone’s appearance, whether online or offline. It can also be affected by the phenomenon of body shaping. Studies show that one in three children in the Czech Republic are subject to offensive comments about their appearance on the Internet, and surprisingly, this happens more often in the real world. I am. .. This can have a very negative effect on their psyche, says Kopecký.

“During adolescence, children unfortunately encounter a lot of aggression, which can affect their behavior in the future.”

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This becomes apparent with the use of alcohol and drugs as a coping mechanism. This was acknowledged by more than 6% of respondents, and 4.25% for self-harm such as amputation and burning. Jana Kvintová, another author of the study, goes into more detail.

“5% of children minimized food consumption. Very disturbingly, we found that 10% of children admit self-harm. 7.5% of children. Hope they don’t exist at all. “

Kamil Kopekki states that body shaming should be repetitive, targeted, and distinct from longer-term cyberbullying. However, the fact that children are most sensitive when they reach puberty means that even the nasty comments here can be enough to stick to them and have a serious impact. increase. Over 21% of children reported feelings of depression, and over 10% reported feelings of anxiety.

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But Kopekki says the situation is not hopeless and there are things that can be done.

“One way to improve school situations where body shaming is frequent is to improve the school atmosphere, build good relationships between students and teachers, and set the boundaries between criticism and actual insults. Is to do. “

Body shaming seems pretty obvious, but Kopekki says it’s never normal.

“I separate regular phrases from common phrases. It’s not normal to hurt someone, it doesn’t matter if it’s in the online or offline world.” Studies show that less than half of Czech children are happy with their appearance

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